Keith Stroup participated in a panel discussion regarding drug policy at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY, 2006. He delivered a searing indictment of our nation's marijuana laws and the stigma associated with marijuana; he gave his predictions and recommendations for future success in the decriminalization of marijuana.
Keith Stroup is the founder and former executive director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. NORML is a public interest lobby based in Washington, DC that provides a voice in the public policy debate for the millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly. Stroup appears frequently in the media as an advocate for legalizing marijuana, including recent appearances on such programs as Crossfire; Buchanan and Press; The O’Reilly Factor; and Hannity and Combs. A graduate of Georgetown Law School, Stroup is a public-interest attorney based in Washington, DC. who first ran NORML from 1970 through 1979, when 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses. He resumed his work with NORML in 1994. Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists, and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the bar association for attorneys who specialize in the practice of criminal law. In 1992 Stroup was the recipient of the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform presented by the Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, DC.